Having lost both league games to Manchester City last season, veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs is desperate to put an end to Manchester United’s heartache as derbies continue to get bigger and bigger.
The Welshman is the only player to feature in every Premier League season and, at 39 years old, has faced numerous Manchester City sides over the years.
But he says the current crop of sky blues are providing United with their toughest challenge yet, which makes for extra special derby days.
“We have found over the last couple of years that City, with the money they have spent and the quality they have brought in, the derby has got bigger and bigger,” Giggs told PA Sport.
“With them winning the league it is a huge game and there will be a massive build-up.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lost home and away to City in the Premier League last season and eventually surrendered the title on the final day of the season.
They now sit three points ahead of their rivals and, although United want to extend their lead at the top, Giggs is not worried about falling behind at any stage.
“Six points in front would be a great position but we are not fussed if we are winning at the turn of the year or a couple of points behind,” he added.
“You would always take a lead but as long as we are there or thereabouts. We would like to go on a run after Christmas.”
As he approaches 40 Giggs is used sparingly by Ferguson, but he hopes his role in United’s midweek Champions League defeat won’t spell his exclusion on Sunday.
“I want to be involved in every game,” he said.
“I realise it is a squad game. The manager has plenty of options, which you want going into a game like this.
“We trust his judgement so we will have to wait and see.”
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